As with any business IT deployment, effective hybrid SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Datasphere implementation needs to be part of a robust business systems strategy. It should be based on a clear understanding of SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Datasphere capabilities, and how they complement each other.
SAP Datasphere harnesses the power of the cloud, the proliferation of sources of unstructured data assets, and advances in AI and advanced programming, to create a simple yet powerful analytics and planning tool that non-technical data worker can use directly, with minimal specialist IT input.
SAP BW bridge creates a public cloud space in SAP Datasphere to run a SAP BW/4HANA instance. It preserves SAP BW/4HANA data models, transformations and customizations, and maintains SAP BW/4HANA links with other SAP modules, all within the SAP Datasphere environment. As SAP Datasphere provides the wider warehousing and analytics capabilities, some functions, such as queries, are not preserved in SAP BW bridge.
It is important to understand the relative roles of SAP Datasphere and SAP BW bridge in this hybrid approach. SAP BW bridge enables existing SAP BW/4HANA assets to be integrated into the SAP Datasphere environment, it is not simply a way to continue to run SAP BW/4HANA.